Meditation is one of the essential disciplines in the Buddhist path of self-transformation. Developing the core skills of mindfulness, emotional receptivity and positive energy takes place in the structured setting of formal meditation practice. With the skills we have developed, we cultivate our Buddha nature and learn to manifest ourselves genuinely in our daily lives. Teachers, mentors and instructors are essential supports.
Lion’s Roar offers students qualified meditation instructors as guides to begin and maintain a practice. Meditation instructors teach the technique of mindful awareness meditation in a way that is personally adapted for each student. Instructors help by sharing their own experience, strength and hope. The instructor can address all problems in learning the technique and applying it in your own life. Lama Yeshe Jinpa personally trains meditation instructors. As members of Lion’s Roar Mandala, they are fully involved in the self-transformation practices of Buddhism, which include their own meditation practice, service at Lion’s Roar as well as in their family and community and a direct learning relationship with Lama Yeshe Jinpa.
For more information on requesting personal meditation instruction, please visit our Practice Leaders page.
1. Find a cushion or chair that is comfortable yet firm.
2. The spine is upright, with its natural curves allowing the pelvis to rock forward a bit.
3. The hands are resting on the thighs or in meditation mudra in the lap.
4. The arms and shoulders are relaxed.
5. The back of the neck is relaxed, which allows the chin to come down.
6. The gaze is foreword and slightly down with a soft focus.
7. The face and jaw are natural and relaxed.
8. The chest/heart area is open and the abdomen is relaxed.
9. Rock a little bit to find your center of gravity, your sweet spot.
10.You are taking a posture of royal dignity.
. . ."Monks, this is the direct path for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearnce of dukka and discontent, for the acquiring the true method, for the realization of Nirvana, namely the four sattipatthanas.
What are the Four? Here monks, in regard to the body a monk abides contemplating the body, diligent, clearly knowing, and mindful, free from discontent in regard to the world.""
The Satipatthana Sutra